Twenty-six-year-old Odessa Rose’s eclectic folk spirit flows through everything the musician/singer/songwriter does. From the empty apartment rooms she practices in for good acoustics, to the style of her wardrobe and of course, to the sound of her music, the Santa Rose, California native is full of relaxed vibes and a welcome attitude.
Raised on a steady diet of the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zepplin, and other classic rock and country greats, Odessa was taught the importance of music at a young age. Her father was also a musician, and he enrolled his daughter in violin lessons when she was just 4 years old. While she now performs mainly on guitar, Odessa Rose studied and learned on the violin, not even trying out guitar until a few years ago.
After hearing at a music festival that Nashville was the place to be for aspiring musicians, Odessa traveled to the city to scope out what it had to offer. After a two week stay, the artist was convinced she had found her new home, and moved to the city permanently shortly thereafter.
Odessa started touring nationally with a wide variety of bands in 2008, continuing to travel with the likes of the Felice Brothers and Raylan Baxter through 2011.
In 2011, the musician hit her “big break,” when producer Jacquire King took notice of Odessa and offered to produce her first album. When things felt stale in the recording studio, Odessa suggested they move the effort to a more comfortable atmosphere. While they couldn’t set up shop in her apartment, they did the next best thing: the group finished the product in the sound engineer’s home.
Dean Goranites | Associate Editor